Blissful test ignorance

9th May 2003 at 01:00
If seven-year-olds are crying about national tests, it is their teachers and parents who are to blame ("Infants in test distress," TES, April 25).

I have taught Year 2 for 10 years and never had a child upset because of Sats. The reason is that they are not told about them and the policy of my school is to ask the parents not to tell them either.

I see no point in squeezing a 2B out of a 2C child. Children who need extra help and support may be missed the next year if they get an exaggerated result.

I have never sent home revision programmes for holidays. These are little children who should be enjoying the good weather, swimming, doing ballet or playing rugby. My best moment regarding Sats came a few years ago, when a child in my class had a friend from another school to play in his house and the friend was talking about the Sats. Richard said: "I don't think we do them in my school." We had completed them for that year.

Susan Taylor 19 Rivington Avenue St Helens, Merseyside

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